Local musician Pat McKillen has been serenading music fans with his soulful, reflective, and creatively colorful music that he has written and composed himself. Often playing for sellout crowds at Barrington’s White House, he’ll make a return appearance on February 10. Songs from his newest album Blood & Bones will certainly be at the top of his fans’ request list. Here are some of McKillen’s lasts.
Last great book you read?
“Dead Wake by Erik Larson. Any of Erik Larson’s books (Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts), I’ve always loved history and non-fiction. His books read like novels. All the Light We Cannot See was a great novel, too—anything that spins 20th century history into the plot is right up my alley.”
Last great meal you ate?
“Au Cheval, best burger in America. Total guilty pleasure—
every year on my birthday.”
Last scary dream you had?
“I hiked 10 miles at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the UP last weekend, woke up to a dream that I had ticks crawling all over my legs! I’ve always had weird dreams. Just ask my parents. I think I ran into their room every time I had a nightmare until I was 13.”
Last favorite song you sang?
“Of mine? ‘The Autumn Breeze.’ It reminds me of my great-grandpa. A cover? Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road.’ Thanks, Mom, for the good taste!”
Last thing you lost?
“Guitar picks, every day. I can always find one under the couch or in my jeans pockets, though. Oh, and my rain jacket in the streets of Chicago after the Cubs won the World Series…totally worth it.”
Last good deed you did?
“I write music because it’s like self-therapy. It’s cathartic. So I’m always surprised at how playing my own songs can help others; it’s such an added bonus. A friend and huge supporter of mine was sick and fighting a tough battle, so I played some songs for her in her living room when she was going through the thick of it. She perked right up. That kind of thing will never cease to amaze me and I feel lucky to have people to share the emotion of music with.”